Luxury heritage deluxe hotels are located in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Heritage hotel includes of deluxe and luxury categories of accommodation facilities that range from international standard star hotels with different price range. Built upon a rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and incorporating some of the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions, heritage hotels in Kathmandu are an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage. The spacious rooms, elegant setting and Nepali warmth make it a luxurious retreat and an experience to treasure.. Please visit
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Some are charming Dwarika's Village Hotel; others are the homes of well-established and traditional Himalayan families known through the years for the warmth of their welcome. Heritage hotels are a unique feature of Nepal. Feast your eyes on the architectural splendor of these buildings backed by amazing scenery.
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The DWARIKA'S HOTEL;
Dwarika's Hotel is a unique place in South Asia. It is a living example that tourism need not destroy heritage and the environment. On the contrary, it has demonstrated that a proper blending of cultural restoration and tourism leads to the preservation of historical artifacts and contributes to the growth of skills and culture that would otherwise have eroded from the crass commercialism of today.
It has shown that heritage can be preserved and be used for further preservation works. In fact, it could be the model to demonstrate what must be done to preserve the look of Kathmandu Valley - a stepping stone towards the larger and more gigantic task of rehabilitating the uniqueness and beauty of Kathmandu currently experiencing severe environmental stress of uncontrolled modernization.
In 1952, the late Dwarika Das Shrestha was out jogging when he came upon some carpenters sawing off the carved portion of an intricately engraved wooden pillar. It had been part of an old building which had been torn down to make room for a modern structure. Amidst the rubble, lay the bits and pieces of exquisitely carved woodwork several centuries old, ready to be carted off as firewood as the carpenters were merely trying to salvage reusable wood.
As he stood amidst the ruins, Dwarika Das Shrestha experienced all the anguish that a sensitive soul feels when witnessing the destruction of the sublime and the beautiful by wanton and crass commercialism of modern times. He was confronted with the visible signs of destruction of an ancient culture which still lived in him as part of his heritage. Kathmandu's Newari art and traditions have a rich legacy of exquisite wood carvings, distinctive temples, sculpture, bronze works, terra-cotta work and the unique lifestyle of its people itself. Seeing the beautiful carvings destroyed, he could not control himself. Out of sheer impulse, he gave the carpenters the new lumber that they required and took the old ruined carved pillar.
This impulse, born from the inner anguish of his spirit, became progressively a hobby, a passion and a lifetime work. As soon as he heard that an ancient building was going to be torn down to make way for a modern structure, he would rush to the spot and buy as much of the ancient wood carvings as he could before they were sold as firewood or lost in other ways for ever. If he was able to buy only a part of an artistic work because other pieces had been lost or he did not have enough money, he would still do so and try to recover the missing parts later. Often he would discover their historic significance in the process. In one instance, he was able to trace and acquire a missing piece after twenty-five years.
As his collection grew, Dwarika Das Shrestha was faced with the problem of storing these bulky works of art which were scattered all over his garden in makeshift sheds. It was then he decided to construct a building in the old Newari style of Kathmandu using the carved doors and windows he had rescued from destruction. The edifice which was built to give the ancient works of art a new life is now one among several buildings of Dwarika's Village Hotel. These buildings contain some of the best woodworks of olden times restored to life and made to function for a modern age within the traditional architectural setting.
In the process of giving new life to a dying art, Dwarika Das Shrestha began to realize that anything beautiful of yesteryear was born of a larger context of culture. This context too had to see a renaissance if the beautiful elements therein were to function aesthetically.
Dwarika's Hotel acquired its guiding philosophy with this realization. The experience of running a travel agency, which Dwarika Das started in 1970 as Kathmandu Travel and Tours, had proved to him that tourism could be used as a means to employ Nepali people and help finance the restoration of the unique Kathmandu Valley heritage he held so dear.
A small guest house was started on the family premises with the idea of using rental income to finance the art collection. As the collection evolved into restoration work, ideas slowly began to develop in him about the most appropriate use of the collection. Because the wood carvings were often from long-lasting teakwood, they were still usable for the original purpose for which they were artistically created - as doors, windows, pillars, lintels etc.
But the carved windows could not be put on any concrete building, they had to be used in old Newari-style brickwork found in old temples and buildings of Kathmandu Valley. Such tapered glued bricks, where mortar was not seen from the outside, were not manufactured anywhere anymore. So he specially had these bricks manufactured in the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley. Similarly, to replace missing parts of the woodcarvings, carpenters had to be re-trained to become ancient carvers. Dwarika Das and his wood workers also had to re-examine the lore and rituals of ancient times so that the significance of the carved deities on each strut or lintel became apparent.
At Dwarika's, attempt is being made to revive traditional architecture which is disappearing everyday. It is a revival of the traditional architecture but adapted to the needs of the modern world without losing its original character. In trying to encourage and revive the traditional architecture, Dwarika's has had to replace expensive woodworks with terra-cotta designed bricks so as to make it affordable by, common-man and maintain the traditional designs and motives.
In this way, the recreation of the context from which such beauty evolved led to the evolution of an institution whose primary objective was the restoration and preservation of materials, skills and the living heritage of Kathmandu Valley itself.
The hotel is not simply another commercial operation, it is mainly the manifestation of an effort to restore and preserve a culture and a heritage. The late Dwarika Das Shrestha realized that a massive restoration work without a firm commercial foundation would eventually not be financially possible. This perception shaped his decision to give his beloved wood carvings not a dead museum-like setting but a living environment.
In a museum, they would be fossils of a dead past, whereas at Dwarika's Hotel, art lovers could not only see the art but live and enjoy within it and at the same time contribute to its upkeep and maintenance as hotel guests. This sustainable heritage conservation is the difference from other heritage restoration projects where the heritage itself is used to create a funding for its own conservation.
This approach makes Dwarika's Hotel a unique place in South Asia. Nowhere else is heritage restoration being attempted in a way that rejuvenates it and makes it a part of today's living environment. Recognizing this highly original and challenging effort, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) awarded Dwarika's its first PATA Heritage Award in 1980.
In the attempt to bring the refined elements of XV century art into the XXI century, Dwarika's is in a constant struggle of self-exploration. Every element, from the design and manufacture of bricks, engineering, restoration of workshops for wood carvers to the training of workers to think and act as in the best possible ways that their foe bearers might have done five centuries ago, has had to be explored and recreated. In this way, Dwarika's represents the larger process of revitalizing a sublime element of a Nepali, as well as a world heritage.
Dwarika Das Shrestha passed away on 10 February 1992, but his work continues. His vision of cultural restoration and revival based on a strong feeling for the beauty of a bygone era but resting on today's sound commercial common sense, guides the work and activities of the establishment he has left behind.
A woodcarving school has been established within the hotel premises. There are thirty woodcarvers and carpenters employed in the school's workshop. Some have been there for twenty years while others move on to different lucrative jobs after their training and apprenticeship. It is but one example of an ancient sense of beauty being restored to a living present based on sound commercialism.
The Shanker Hotel;
For many centuries, Nepal was cut off from the outside world. Initially it was ruled by the Mallas but dynastic squabbles allowed Prithivi Narayan Shah to establish his Kingdom in Kathmandu. However during the tenure of the Shah dynasty, a young army general, Jung Bahadur Rana usurped power from the monarchy and established himself as the Prime Minister with powers over the monarchy.
He made the prime ministerial office hereditary - passing through brothers and sons - ruthlessly suppressing all opposition, while keeping the king under his thumb. After travelling to Europe and aping the Victorian fashions of the day, Jung Bahadur launched an architectural vogue of neo-classical, Italianate palaces.
The Rana regime lasted for 104 years (1846-1951) and contributed to the country's ornate neo-classical palaces replete with a grandeur lifestyle accumulated during Jung Bahadur's travels abroad. At the turn of the 19th century, Juddha Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, one of the most distinguished of the powerful Rana Maharajas and a renowned builder and musician, built the most elegant palace in Kathmandu for his son, Agni Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana. The discreet boxes set in a fantasy of Nepalese neo-romantic plastic work, gilt mirrors, red velvet and marble were imported from Italy and transported on porters' back from India. The sunburst chandeliers were constructed locally from long abandoned crates of imported crystal.
Kathmandu retains its architectural reminders of the Rana period scattered throughout the city. One of them is the The Shanker Hotel, situated in the heart of the city, minutes walk from Thamel and Durbar Marg. The Shanker Hotel was founded by one of the most visionary entrepreneurs of the day, Late Mr. Ram Shanker Shrestha in the year 1964. Initially operations were started with 23 rooms with the property being on rent and eventually the entire property was purchased bit by bit from the Rana family thus making Shanker a fully functional hotel with international standards.
With the historic character of the hotel and the new and upgraded facilities, the Shanker will continue to be the city's leading luxury hotel. Traditional Nepali architectural features have been preserved. Some of the display carved windows are more than 200 years old. It captures the old charm and style of Kathmandu, while providing the international quality standards of accommodation and dining facilities. Clearly, The Shanker is the only place to stay if your priorities are comfort, tradition, taste and authenticity.
Hotel Shanker is a palace; a palace built at the turn of the century by a Rana Maharaja with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The facade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travellers the kind of comfort they'd expect of a world-class hotel. You live in a palace when you live with us. 94 luxury rooms, 12 suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a coffee shop, 60 Channel Cable LCD TV, and around the clock room service welcome you. You are waited on attentively but never obtrusively; your every need is anticipated and you are treated with the kind of royal attention that will make your stay an unforgettable one!
The rooms and Kailash Hall of the Hotel Shanker are a traveller's and conferee's delight. Our rooms have witnessed the births of two royal personages and have made memorable the visits of hundreds of others!
Air-conditioning and heating takes the nip away from winter and keeps you comfortably cool in summer. The beds are inviting; the decor reflects the sights and the feel of Kathmandu Valley. A meal, a drink and room service are just a telephone call away. The bathroom of Hotel Shanker has been designed with your comfort in mind.
You can dine in either Kailash or any of the other restaurants and bars at Hotel Shanker. Chandeliers, carved ceiling, intricately worked walls, bejewelled mirrors and piped music provide an opulent backdrop to meals prepared for you by chefs trained in the art and the intricacies of Continental, Chinese, Indian and Nepalese cuisine. Every meal at Hotel Shanker is a celebration.
At Kunti Bar you can sip away a variety of drinks in an atmosphere enriched by stout wooden beams, carved pillars, intricately carved Nepalese windows and good, old fashioned Nepalese bonhomie.
Host a party, hold a conference or just plain luxuriate in the two spacious, well-furnished rooms that are yours when you book a suite at Shanker. The lobby, exotic, warm, inviting, spacious and comfortable, is a pleasant indication of our quality service. You are swiftly, efficiently and courteously served at the desk and should you have any travel problems at all, the hotel offers you the service of its very own travel agency. Knotty schedules are entangled, connections are made, seats are booked and travelling tensions are eased.
The embodiment of history, legend and tradition, the Shanker is a perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored tradition. Explore Nepal's rich cultural heritage while finding solace in the luxurious comfort of this former Rana Palace. Comfortably manicured rooms, striking Himalayan views, and its premier location make the Shanker an obvious destination for business and for travel. ...more